A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from April 01, 2005
Tri-State Area (New York, New Jersey and Connecticut)
New York's "tri-state area" is almost always New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Some times in the past, Connecticut might have been dropped for Pennsylvania or Delaware.

An old capitalization is "tri-State area." The term "tri-state area" became popular in the 1930s.


Wikipedia: Tri-state area
Tri-state area is an informal term in the eastern contiguous United States for any of several regions associated with a particular town or metropolis that, with adjacent suburbs, lies across three states. Some of these involve a state boundary tripoint. Other tri-state areas have a more diffuse population that shares a connected economy and geography—especially with respect to geology, botany, or climate—such as the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. The term "tri-state area" often occurs in movies and radio and television commercials.

(Oxford English Dictionary)
tri state adj. Brit. /ˌtrʌɪ ˈsteɪt/, /ˈtrʌɪ steɪt/, U.S. /ˌtraɪ ˈsteɪt/, /ˈtraɪ ˌsteɪt/
1963 Times 15 Jan. 9/6 A tri-state transportation committee is carrying out a survey..of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
1983 Listener 22 Sept. 5/2 The attractions of the US market—and the New York tri-state area in particular—have been appreciated for a long time.

OCLC WorldCat record
The Tri-State Railway and Electric Company Bondholders and Creditors Committee : deposit agreement : dated March 26, 1913 ...
Author: Tri-State Railway and Electric Company.
Publisher: New York : Chas. P. Young Co., [1913?]
Edition/Format: Print book : English

OCLC WorldCat record
Tri-state power map, Pennsylvania-New York-New Jersey; compiled in the main from data furnished in 1925
Author: Pennsylvania. Giant Power Board,
Publisher: Harrisburg, 1926.
Edition/Format: Map : English

OCLC WorldCat record
Report.
Author: Tri-State Treaty Commission (New York-New Jersey-Connecticut) for Abatement of Pollution of Harbor and Coastal Waters of Metropolitan Area.
Publisher: [publisher not identified] [1931]
Edition/Format: Print book : English

29 July 1933, Daily News (New York, NY), "Pledges Rushed by Mail," pg. 4, col. 1:
Throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut yesterday, mail men rushed delivery of the NRA pledges to between 1,000,000 and 1,500,000 employers.
(...)
The signed pledges are returnable to the headquarters of the tri-State area, in charge of James Flinn Hodgson, director in this region, at the Department of Commerce offices at the Custom House.

12 August 1933, New York (NY) Times, pg. 11, col. 2:
GETS PUBLIC WORKS POST.
Wharton Green Is Names Inspector for Tri-State Area.
WASHINGTON, August 11 (AP). -- Wharton Green of New York and Summit, N. J., has been named inspector of public works for the second region, comprising New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, the Public Works Administration today announced.

31 August 1933, New York (NY) Times, pg. 2:
These agreements covered the tri-State area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

10 May 1936, New York (NY) Times, pg. N2:
They are the local phase of a qualifying round which as a whole takes in the tri-State area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut where a total of 420 schools are competing for final honors in the Constitution Contest.

OCLC WorldCat record
Tri-state times.
Publisher: Port Jervis, N.Y. : M. Theodore DeMond, 1937-
Edition/Format: Journal, magazine : Periodical : English
(Port Jervis has a "tri-state" area of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. -- ed.)

13 May 1940, New York (NY) Times, pg. 21:
Ranking first among 4,635 citizen-soldiers who attended Citizens Military Training Camp last year in the tri-State area embracing New York, New Jersey and Delaware, ...

OCLC WorldCat record
Preliminary operational survival plan for the New York metropolitan tri-state region.
Author: Metropolitan Tri-State Civil Defense Planning Board (New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut)
Publisher: [New York] : [Metropolitan Tri-State Civil Defense Planning Board], [1957]
Edition/Format: Print book : English

OCLC WorldCat record
Tri-State region: Connecticut-New Jersey-New York. Index map showing 400' scale aerial map coverage with Tri-State reference numbers.
Author: Regional Plan Association (New York, N.Y.); Tri-State Transportation Committee.
Publisher: Washington, 1963.
Edition/Format: Map : State or province government publication : English
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